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11 smart crowdfunding campaigns you may want to back this week

Every Friday, we’re taking a look at some of the smartest, most innovative projects that have launched on Kickstarter and Indiegogo in the last seven days. 

EasyPlug Air


This shield enables Makers to wirelessly connect their Arduino in under a minute. inXus interactive is currently seeking $20,000 on Kickstarter.



This smart sensor plugs right into your car and gathers important data enhancing both safety and convenience. Drust is currently seeking €30,000 on Indiegogo.



This automation system wants to make smart home devices, security, and entertainment accessible for everyone. Hive is currently seeking $100,000 on Kickstarter.



This personal security device is designed to keep you safe in any situation by tracking your exact location and guiding you through any emergency situation. Safeti is currently seeking $60,000 on Indiegogo.



Access your smart devices with just a click of this water-resistant remote. Qblinks is currently seeking $20,000 on Kickstarter.



This mattress cover will make any bed smart, ranging from intelligently managing temperature to tracking your sleep, and integrate with your existing connected home devices. Luna is currently seeking $100,000 on Indiegogo.



The EinScan-S aims to serve as the world’s first high-resolution desktop 3D scanner that gives Makers industrial-grade resolutions. The team is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.



A complete reinvention of the toolbox, this latest product packs all of the classic storage compartments a handyman would expect — along with several next-gen features. Coolbox, in partnership with Project Copilot, is currently seeking $50,000.



Read your baby’s temperature with the world’s smallest, easiest-to-use and smartest thermometer. Joywing is currently seeking $20,000 on Kickstarter.



This portable boombox projector wants you to bring the party anywhere you go with big-time video and sound. Dashbon is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.



The world’s first smart headphones glow with laser light while pulsing to the beat of your music or rhythm of your heart. Glow is currently seeking $100,000 on Kickstarter.

Glow lets you feel the beat while lighting up the street

Tron-like Glow headphones pulse to the music and your heart. 

Anyone who has ever attended an electronic dance concert or a nightclub knows that music and vibrant lights go together like a rama lamma lamma ka dinga da dinga dong. Well, a Bay Area-based startup is now converging these two into a slick set of earbuds that have officially launched on Kickstarter.


Aptly dubbed Glow, the first-ever smart headphones with laser light pulse brilliantly (in red, green and blue) to the beat of your favorite music or to the rhythm of your heart. An intuitive 5-way controller communicates with your phone over Bluetooth LE, allowing you to not only play/pause tunes, but activate apps such as Google Now, make calls, send texts and snap pictures as well.


The earbuds’ cords are comprised of Corning’s Fibrance material, which conducts laser light through flexible glass fibers. The pliability of Fibrance allows Glow to maintain its brightness and light uniformity no matter how much you curve, wrap and twist it. At the core of its remote lies an ARM-based MCU along with a built-in microphone, a 5mW laser diode, a tactile switch, a microUSB slot, and a LiPo rechargeable battery.


Currently live on Kickstarter, Glow has already well exceeded its $100,000 goal. However, the team notes that some of its desired features require additional development efforts and hitting a number of stretch goals will ensure that they can be implemented. If the crowdfunding campaign hits $500,000, the team will add bring full iPhone support. If it reaches $750,000, the startup hopes to make Glow dance to your steps and movement using the device’s built-in accelerometer. $1 million? The headphones will then include a built-in heart rate monitor.

“Music is already a very expressive medium, so having light synchronize with the music makes the experience that much better,” a company rep explained.

After watching the video above, we couldn’t help but reminisce about the ATmega32U4 based motion-activated speed suit we featured on Bits & Pieces last year. Similar to Glow for safe late night runs, the DIY suit completely illuminated when the wearer began to run, while flashed every time the wearer walked.